New Delhi, Nov 19 IBNS | 9 months ago

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal should rename his party as "Ameer Aadmi Party" (rich man's party).


"Everyone was surprised when AAP members disclosed their assets. I think the party should be renamed as Ameer Aadmi Party. It is not an Aam Aadmi Party (common man's party)," said Swaraj.

"They are mistaken. People will never vote for them," she said.

Former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi has said Gandhian social activist Anna Hazre's letter to Kejriwal on funds raised concerns which need to be addressed.

"Hooliganism must not be tolerated but Anna's letter raises concerns which need to be addressed.He was th architect of the Movement after all," tweeted Bedi.

On Monday, a chaos broke out at the press conference of the AAP in New Delhi with black ink being thrown at Kejriwal by Nachiketa, who claimed himself to be a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activist.

The press conference was called by Kejriwal to respond to Hazare's letter in which he had demanded to know whether funds meant for the Jan Lokpal movement were being misused by the AAP for the campaigning of the upcoming Delhi assembly elections.

Hazare on Tuesday made it clear that AAP should not use his name in its election manifesto.

"Arvind Kejriwal said that he will bring Anna's Jan Lokpal Bill on Dec 29. I am against this," said Hazare.

"He and his party (AAP) cannot use my name for their campaign. This is wrong," he said.

"The Jan Lokpal Bill has to be passed by the Parliament. What can the Delhi assembly do about it?" he asked.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal on Tuesday said he has tried to talk to Hazare and clarify 'misunderstandings' on the issue.

The alleged rift between Hazare and Kejriwal led to the rescheduling of the release of AAP's election manifesto. It will now be introduced on Wednesday.

Kejriwal on Saturday filed his nomination papers for the Delhi polls.

Delhi will go to polls on Dec 4. Results will be declared on Dec 8.

(Posted on 19-11-2013)